Liverpool travel to Southampton for 1st leg of EFL Cup Semi-final
The last time the two teams met it was a 0-0 draw, where Liverpool failed to score for only the third time this season in the league.
That night the Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino missed some really good chances.
– Let’s hope it’s not a repeat.
At the weekend Klopp made 10 changes against Plymouth Argyle on Sunday in the FA Cup 3rd Round. After selecting Liverpool’s youngest-ever starting line-up. Sadly things didn’t go to plan as it finished a draw.
Liverpool have a trip to Manchester United on Sunday, a game that could be crucial to Liverpool’s title hopes. However there has been no suggestion that Klopp would be naming another experimental side with a trip to Wembley at stake.
Coutinho is set to return after almost seven weeks out injured and could be taken to Southampton to be used as a substitute. Coutinho’s return will be a much needed boost to Klopp’s options in attack after now having Mané unavailable due to representing Senegal at AFCON. Should the Brazilian come off the bench at St Mary’s it will be an even bigger boost for the weekend.
Karius – Klopp looks likely to start Loris Karius in successive games for the first time in months after confirming in his press conference that he was likely to use the German.
Clyne, Lovren, Klavan, Milner – Joel Matip has just begun training again, so Klopp will be probably go with his usual back four. I’m sure Klopp will resist the temptation of playing Gomez again.
Wijnaldum, Can, Lallana – Henderson is expected to miss the game so Can will likely play the holding role. This may be his last opportunity to shine as Stewart had a good game on Sunday and Lucas has recently stated he may stay till the summer to be part of the title challenge. Lallana will return alongside Wijnaldum which is great news, he is the soul of the attacking play at the moment. Controlling the tempo and really influencing our play, so it is important that they allow him time on the ball.
Sturridge, Firmino, Origi – With Coutinho likely to be on the bench, Origi will most likely keep his place in the side alongside Sturridge. Sturridge looked sharp on Sunday and would relish the opportunity to show Klopp what he can do.